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Chechnya has always been loyal:
THE EXILE - Who Killed The OSCE? - By Alexander Zaitchik and Mark Ames - Feature Story
Evidence of fraud, such as entire towns in Chechnya voting overwhelmingly for Yeltsin, caused Meadowcroft to liken the 1996 election to those held in African dictatorships. "In Chechnya they'd been bombed out of existence, and there they were all supposedly voting for Yeltsin. It's like what happens in Cameroon," he said.

Though of course:
THE EXILE - Who Killed The OSCE? - By Alexander Zaitchik and Mark Ames - Feature Story

It's not that the West won't be right when it condemns this weekend's vote. In OSCE jargon, the Duma elections will be "fundamentally flawed." They will "fall far short" of western standards, if not expectations. It's not a secret that the Russian state-run media are grotesquely pro-Putin. Or that the election laws have been changed to shut out opposition parties. Or that, as in previous elections, there will likely be some old-fashioned ballot stuffing in the provinces.

That was in 2007, still true.

But who do you mean was disqualified that could have unseated Putin? Far as I can see, the only opposition party with nationwide organisation is - and has always been - the communist party.

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by A swedish kind of death on Mon Mar 5th, 2012 at 09:07:39 AM EST
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Yeah you are right about Chechnya in the past and that's why I said I am not so trustful about the news.
Yes you are also right about opposition and communists...

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by vbo on Mon Mar 5th, 2012 at 09:28:20 AM EST
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